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Today Is Monday - Eric Carle

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Eric Carle / Edition: New Ed / Paperback / 32 Pages / Book is published 1996-01-25 by Puffin Books

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      08.01.2007 09:49
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      Educational book with great illustrations

      The task was to discuss and introduce Nursery children to the days of the week so I had no problems about choosing a book to introduce the topic to the children in a fun way.

      'Today is Monday' by Eric Carle is a must for teaching children the days of the week..............

      What is it about?
      It has no real story line.
      Each double page introduces an animal eating a food on each day of the week:
      'Today is Monday, Monday runner beans'
      'Tuesday, spaghetti, Monday runner beans'
      'Wednesday, Zoooop, Tuesday spaghetti, Monday runner beans'

      And so on until the final drawing shows children wolfing down the various foods as the animals look down from paintings on the wall.
      'All you hungry children come and eat it up!'

      Educational value

      Carle's books often have an educational element and this is no exception.

      In simplistic terms some could say that it is little more than a shopping list. However this develops children's memory and listening skills as they have to build up a cumulative sequence, i.e. each time a new animal and food is introduced all the previous ones are repeated.

      It teaches the sequencing of the days of the week with it's repetitive text.

      The last drawing encourages children to look at diversity of appearances and abilities as the group of children are from different ethnic backgrounds and physical capabilities, e.g. a child in a wheelchair.

      Naming animals like porcupine and pelican.

      The style is very simple and repetitive which does enable children to join in after the first reading.

      One thing that puzzles me is that Carle uses commas and exclamation marks but no full stops which for younger children is the first focus of punctuation. Either have no punctuation or use the basics before commas etc. That is my only criticism of the book.

      In my opinion, Carle's illustrations are his trademark.
      This book features animals enthusiastically tucking in to their favourite foods; a snake sucks up spaghetti while a cat has tight hold of Thursday's roast beef. And as for the freshness of the food..........well it's very fresh as one drawing features a fox carrying a chicken in it's mouth for Saturday's meal!!

      In short, Carle injects energy and movement with his bright, bold, rainbow-like collages.

      The paperback is £5.99 but it's definitely worth looking on www.amazon.co.uk as they have a few used and new books from £1.91
      The book is also available in harcover and board book, the latter of which is better for the very young and starts from just 63p on amazon.

      ISBN: 0-14-055310-X

      Which age range?
      I have used this from Nursery to Year 2 children, ages 3 to 7.

      Musical element
      There is a song along with the music score at the back of the book to sing the sequencing in the book. i don't read music and the tune isn't sourced so I can't comment on it very much but I'm sure this would help children in learning the sequence!

      Other books by Eric Carle
      Carle is an award-winning children's picture book and illustrator, 70 in total so here are a fe others worth reading:

      Papa please get the moon for me
      What's for lunch?
      The very clumsy click beetle
      Little cloud
      Does a kangaroo have a mother too?


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  • Product Details

    This picture book is based on the children's song Today is Monday. Runner beans, zoooop, roast beef, fish, chicken and ice cream are the fare during the week, until Sunday, when the world's children are invited to come and share a meal. Animals introduce children to the days of the week.

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